Goran Dragić ( born May 6, 1986 in Ljubljana) is a Slovenian basketball player. He stands in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns under contract. Like his brother Zoran Dragić he also plays for the Slovenian national team.
Dragić began his career with the Slovenian second division Ilirija Ljubljana, before joining Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana. In 2006 he was the top Spanish club Saski Baskonia, better known as TAU Ceramica, under contract, but loaned out to league rivals CB Murcia. After a year Dragić returned to Slovenia and moved to Union Olimpija Ljubljana. His performances, among others in the Euro League, led to the San Antonio Spurs chose him in the second round of the NBA Draft 2008. The Spurs transferred the rights to Dragić but immediately to the Phoenix Suns, who took him under contract.
After a rather disappointing rookie season, in the Phoenix missed the playoffs, reached Dragić with the Suns in 2010, the Conference Finals. He himself made especially in the third game of the second round of attention to himself when he scored against the San Antonio Spurs 23 points in the last quarter.
On 24 February 2011 Dragić was transferred to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Aaron Brooks. For the duration of the NBA lockout, he was briefly again for Saski Baskonia that occurred now under the name Caja Laboral sponsors, active.
For the season 2012/2013 Dragić returned after a year to the Phoenix Suns. There he is to play as a successor to Steve Nash as a point guard in the starting five. Dragić was in Phoenix a contract until 2016 and will earn during this period about 30 million dollars. Could he already in the 2012/13 season new career - best values for the points and assists average achieved have, it evolved into the following season to the absolute leadership of the team players. Alone in February 2014 increased Dragić three times his personal best in terms of points scored in a game.
National team career
Dragić was first appointed to the Slovenian national team in 2006. He participated in the World Cup that year and the European Championships in 2007, 2009 and 2011 in part, and was also at the 2010 World Cup squad in the Slovenes. At the European Championships in 2013, acted as hosts at the Slovenia, Dragić was elected to the national team of the best five players of the tournament.